October 4, 2017

The Art Gallery at the Fulginiti Pavilion at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus will host another one-of-a-kind fine art exhibit which opens to the public this Friday.  Drs. Tobia and Morton Mower have once again shared works from their extensive private collection with the CU Center for Bioethics and Humanities to give the public a rare opportunity to see the intricately detailed etchings for which Rembrandt was most renowned and revered during his life.

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Rembrandt revolutionized a technique previously used primarily by printmakers to galvanize the art world of 17th century Europe with a new medium.  His work left a lasting impression and legacy for generations of accomplished artists who followed.  Centuries later, fellow Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh expressed a deep reverence for the work of Rembrandt, writing that “Rembrandt is so deeply mysterious that he says things for which there are no words in any language.”

Most famous for his etchings

Curator Simon Zalkind and Gallery Director Tess Jones, PhD, are thrilled to collaborate again with the Mowers.  “It may come as a surprise to many that during his lifetime, Rembrandt was most famous and sought after for his etchings, not his paintings,” explains Jones.  “It is an honor to have over 50 of these celebrated and influential works on display.”

CU Center for Bioethics and Humanities Director Matt Wynia, MD, also adds his appreciation to the Mowers for their generosity in sharing great works of art with the campus community and the public.  An exhibit of celebrated paintings by Monet, Renoir and Degas, among others titled, Masterworks, was on exhibit in The Art Gallery last spring. 

Friday’s opening is from 3:00 – 7:00 PM.  The exhibit will close on Friday, December 1Gallery hours are 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Monday – Friday.  The gallery is free and open to the public.  The exhibit is supported in part with funding from Fine Arts Foundation of Colorado.

Dr. Mower, an adjunct distinguished professor of cardiology at CU Anschutz, is co-inventor of the automatic implantable cardioverter defibrillator. His wife Tobia has been a nurse for 25 years and a vocal advocate for substance abuse treatment. She is also a noted philanthropist who has helped establish residential recovery homes for those battling drug and alcohol addiction.  Their daughter, Robin, is a clinical oncology pharmacist and a graduate of the CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.  The School’s Dean Ralph Altiere and Dean Emeritus Lou Diamond, along with the Office of the Chancellor, Office of Risk Management, CU Police Department, Office of Advancement, and Department of Medicine have all been instrumental in supporting both of the exhibits provided by the Mowers.

Fulginiti is an art powerhouse

Since opening in 2012, the Art Gallery at the Fulginiti Pavilion has opened 16 major exhibits and welcomed over 40,000 visitors.  Funded through private gifts, the gallery is free and open to the public five days a week.  As a place to exchange ideas, inspire collaboration, foster compassion, fuel imagination, and transcend boundaries, the Art Gallery realizes the universal appeal of the arts and their power to connect student and teacher, patient and professional, citizen and artist, benefactor and institution.

The CU Center for Bioethics and Humanities, located on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, engages today’s and tomorrow’s health professionals and the community in substantive, interdisciplinary dialogue about ethical issues confronting patients, professionals and society.

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